This online course offers a basic introduction to navigation, safety and learning how to be an active member for those new to boating of any type.  Entering the world of boating brings with it a whole new language and by undertaking this 12-16 hour entry-level course, you’re setting yourself the solid foundations to grasp concepts taught within various RYA practical sessions.

Course topics include; charts and publications, safety equipment & procedures, identifying buoys/markers that create the ‘road’ of the sea, tidal awareness, who gives way to who including identifying collision paths, anchoring, weather forecasts and much more.  All of this will increase awareness of your surroundings and identify reasons why certain tasks are occurring when on the vessel.

Whether your goal is completing RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper, the RYA self-paced learning platform will guide you through the modules in an easy to use, thought out manner.  Each module consists of a ‘Learn It’ section and, for the more complex topics, a ‘Try It’ section where you can complete some practice questions before moving on to the section test.  This course is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth RYA Day Skipper shore-based course as well as ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday, anyone considering buying their own boat and for experienced dinghy, keelboat sailors and inshore racers. 

By signing on, you will receive login instructions guiding you to the learning platform and a complementary course pack in the post consisting of RYA charts 3 & 4, exercise & information booklet, course notes, plotter & divider.


Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    No experience required!

  • Course Duration

    12 – 16 Hours

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

What you will learn (Course Syllabus) 

This course gives a fantastic introduction and foundation knowledge of the following subjects in the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship syllabus: 

  • Charts, Publications and Terms 
  • Buoyage 
  • Navigation 
  • Safety 
  • Anchoring 
  • Tides 
  • Electronic Navigation 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Weather Forecasts 
  • Pilotage 
  • Passage Planning 

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